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About IPA

IPA... Better mental health for older people

For more than 30 years, the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) has been a leader in the field of psychogeriatrics. The diverse disciplines, interests, and geographic communities within IPA symbolize the full spectrum of geriatric mental health. Through our educational activities, scientific meetings, and cutting-edge publications, IPA promotes better mental health for older people all around the world.

What is IPA?

  • IPA is a diverse mental health care team.  IPA members include physicians (psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians, primary care, etc.), nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, scientists, epidemiologists, and many others.
  • IPA is a worldwide community of professionals. With members in over 50 countries and meetings all over the world, IPA gathers together leaders from different backgrounds to share their perspectives, form policy, and learn from one another.
  • IPA is helping older people with all mental health issues. Whether this means enjoying healthy aging or coping with illness, IPA is focused on the full spectrum of geriatric mental health.

IPA represents a commitment to serving the broad spectrum of issues, perspectives, opportunities and challenges of geriatric mental health around the world.  Fundamental to IPA is a spirit of connection, collaboration, and community.  IPA facilitates professionals connecting and collaborating — interacting and working together in the IPA community on research, practices of care and in general, improving the mental health for all older people around the world.  Not only does IPA foster this spirit of community within IPA, but we also seek to work with other organizations that share our commitment, such as those in the IPA Affiliate program, the World Health Organization, United Nations, the World Psychiatric Association, Alzheimer’s Disease International, and many more.


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